UK trial of care technology to support the physical demands of social care

By Bethany Hemsley

Hampshire County Council and PA Consulting are working with Japanese robotics developer Cyberdyne to trial a new care technology to support care workers with the physical demands of their shifts.

The collaborative robots, known as Cobots, are worn around the lower back and actively support carers in repositioning, rolling and moving residents.

Sensors in the Cobot analyse human movements and then respond to assist the wearer to move safely to avoid injury or strain.

Cobot

The devices also detect electrical signals between the wearer’s brain and their muscles and convert this into motion to provide physical support to the wearer.

Care workers say the devices have enabled them to adopt the recommended moving and handling postures for care delivery and subsequently reduced levels of fatigue.

It is said that the care technology can enable care that previously required two carers, to be delivered effectively by a single carer.

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